Yming looks & feels more genteel than most of its neighbours in Chinatown, but don’t let the blue carpets & white tablecloths kid you into thinking this is merely a theatreland fallback – the northern Chinese & broad regional cuisine will leave you ‘hugely impressed’. Try starters of deep-fried cauliflower, the chilli & spiced salt prawns, & the homemade pickles; otherwise scan the specials menu for something new, such as Beijing spare ribs with black pepper, garlic & cumin. Warming doubled-braised pork is one of the most-ordered mains, or you might fancy zha chai delight – a dish of lean shredded pork with preserved Szechuan vegetables; also recommended are Dongan chicken from Hunan province, & wok-roasted beef northern style. Service is excellent & prices are extremely reasonable – especially the lunch/pre-theatre menu (£11).
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